Brian Crowley, a junior at Purchase majoring in Media, Society and the Arts, and his brothers Travis and Jeffrey post videos of their band on You Tube and have a large following all over the world. At the urging of a friend, they entered the "Hometown Hero" contest sponsored by radio station Z100 and won the contest.
As winners they will perform live on stage at the Jingle Ball's All Access lounge pre-show concerts at Hammerstein Ballroom and walk the red carpet alongside some of the concert headliners on December 10. The Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden will include headliners such as Kathy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Michael Buble.
"We're the biggest pop fans in the world. We've been performing covers of all our favorite artists, and now we'll get to meet them." Brian said in an article in the Harrison Patch, an AOL online newspaper.
Judges for the contest included executives from Island Def Jam Records, Universal Music Group and Clear Channel Radio.
According to reporter Kyle Kalotschke of the Harrison Patch, "The Crowleys, influenced by musicians like Jason Mraz, Matchbox 20 and Maroon 5, grew up in a musical household (their parents met at the famed Berklee College of Music) but are mostly self-taught. Travis, a freshman at CUNY Baruch, plays guitar and piano and Jeffrey, a junior at Croton Harmon High School, also plays piano. All three share vocal responsibilities in the group."
"It's been difficult juggling school and everything with the band, but we've managed to stay on top of it," Brian said.
"Like Bieber, The Crowley's have found success through You Tube. Their channel was originally made to keep in touch with family members and kids from a summer camp where they worked. Now it has over 1.1 million hits and over 13,000 channel subscribers from around the world.
"It's mind blowing," says Brian. "We uploaded a cover of 'Tik Tok" by Ke$sh and people just loved it. We have fans from places we'd love to visit like Argentina and the Netherlands!"
Adding fuel to the band's spike in popularity was a Valentine's Day encounter Travis had with Disney star Selina Gomez.
"I asked her to be my Valentine and she said yes!" Travis said smiling. "I sent her a video later and she posted it on her Facebook and Twitter. We got a lot more fans because of that."
In the Spring, the Crowley Brothers won a contest to play in the "Shop Til You Rock" Tour with another Disney star, Demi Lovato. The brothers played the last stop on the tour at the Paramus Park Mall in New Jersey.
"It was our biggest show yet," said Jeffrey. "People walking around the mall who had no idea about the concert were into it. We even met three fans from Canada who took a bus down just to see us."
In addition to covers, the Crowleys have a few original songs titled "Radio," "Song for Her" and "Run Away" and are writing more with the intention of making an album. According to Brian they've already been approached by labels requesting a demo.
The band is scheduled to play at 4 PM between recording artists Sean Kingston and FloRida.
Despite the short notice after the December 6 announcement naming them as winners, the brothers are ready and excited to perform. Words can't express how grateful they are. Brian said, "I don't know what to say now, I'm speechless."